Newsletter: December 2018

  • DC Blockchain Summit 2019: Tickets Available Now!
  • Chamber Introduces “Legislator’s Toolkit for Blockchain Technology”
  • BLOG: Chamber Supports Coordinated Approach Among Industry & Regulators Globally
  • Blockchain Alliance Reaches 100 Members (Video: Around the Block)
  • Chamber Named a DC Inno “50 on Fire” Winner

DC Blockchain Summit 2019 Tickets Now Available!

Don’t miss our annual gathering featuring discussions with blockchain businesses, innovators and enthusiasts from around the globe. This year’s DC Blockchain Summit will feature a second stage, networking zone and exhibition hall. Join us for in-depth conversations with policymakers and regulators on the issues impacting the growing blockchain landscape.

Watch DC Blockchain Summit 2018 video recap here.

2019 Keynote Speakers

Early bird discount available until January 1: Register today before prices increase!

Chamber Introduces “Legislator’s Toolkit for Blockchain Technology”

Much legislative activity has occurred at the state and federal level inquiring into and supporting the benefits of blockchain technology. This level of interest shows that U.S. policymakers are starting to realize the importance of blockchain technology, the commercial potential it brings, and the need to support its responsible growth. Nevertheless, more needs to be done. Countries around the world are taking this opportunity to pass legislation and develop regulatory frameworks to encourage blockchain companies to relocate to their jurisdictions. The United States needs to foster that interest and energy to ensure that it remains a leader in technological advancement.

The Chamber is introducing its Legislator’s Toolkit for Blockchain Technology as a resource for state legislators as they explore ways in which to encourage these industries to grow and bring economic and cost efficiency benefits to states.

Read the full blog post introducing the Legislator’s Toolkit here.

BLOG: Chamber Supports Coordinated Approach Among
Industry & Regulators Globally

Recently, almost a dozen global regulators came together to support regulatory harmonization across national borders. The creation of the Global Financial Innovation Network (GFIN) was designed to do just that, to: (i) establish a network of regulators; (ii) facilitate collaboration on policy work and regulatory trials; and (iii) support B2B and B2C cross-border trials. The creation of this new body with a global reach is an important signal that regulators worldwide are both understanding the significant potential of blockchain technology and actively establishing ways to support it. Challenges remain, however, in working out the details of such a collaboration.

Read the full blog post here.

Blockchain Alliance Reaches 100 Members
(Video) Around the Block: Member Viewpoints – Jason Weinstein

The Blockchain Alliance announced it is now comprised of 17 industry members, six U.S. federal agencies and a total of 100 participants all over the world. The Alliance serves as a resource for law enforcement and regulatory agencies by providing educational, technical assistance and periodic informational sessions regarding the use of blockchain technologies.

In addition, the Chamber is kicking off a new Around the Block video series featuring our members, discussing their work and the issues important to them. Blockchain Alliance Director and Chamber Advisory Board Member, Jason Weinstein, describes how the group is working to educate and engage with law enforcement on the benefits of blockchain and cryptocurrencies.

Weinstein is a Partner at Steptoe & Johnson LLP who previously served as the Deputy Assistant Attorney General in charge of cybercrime investigations at the U.S. Department of Justice.

According to Weinstein, “Criminals are the earliest adopters of any new technology…” but “bitcoin and other technologies are greater asset to cops than they are to criminals…”

View the video and learn more about the Blockchain Alliance’s work here.

Chamber Hosts “Get Smart on Smart Contracts” Roundtable

The Chamber recently held its “Get Smart on Smart Contracts” roundtable at DLA Piper in San Francisco to discuss testing and auditing smart contracts, and practical challenges of implementation. The event featured keynote presentations from Rep. Jerry McNerney (CA-09), and Chamber members Rosario Ingargiola, Founder & CEO, OTCXN; Amol Sharma, Director, Token Engineering, OTCXN; Olga Mack, VP of Strategy, Quantstamp; Hal Marcus, Director, Global Legal Evangelist, DocuSign; Paul Sonier, CTO, Dragonchain.

Watch portions of the roundtable here.

Digital Asset Investment Forum
Dec. 5, 2018, Washington, DC
Hyperledger Global Forum
Dec. 12-15, 2018, Basel, Switzerland
CES: Digital Money Forum
Jan. 8, 2019, Las Vegas, NV
Smart Contracts Webinar
Jan. 10, 2019, Washington, DC
DC Blockchain Summit 2019
March 6-7, 2019, Washington, DC

Perianne Boring Named to Forbes “America’s Top 50 Women in Tech”

Chamber of Digital Commerce Founder and President Perianne Boring was named in the inaugural Forbes Top 50 Women in Tech list. The list identifies three generations of forward-thinking technologists leading more than a dozen tech sectors across the globe.

Read the article here.

Chamber Featured in American Inno’s “11 Blockchain Startups in 11 Cities” and DC Inno’s “50 on Fire Winners”

The Chamber of Digital Commerce was featured in the American Inno article “11 Blockchain Startups in 11 Cities.” The piece discussed the Chamber’s recent enhancements to its Policy department, a trade mission held in 2018 to the UAE to promote and advocate for blockchain, and its milestones of reaching more than 200 members and turning four as the world’s largest blockchain trade organization.

The Chamber was also recently named a winner in DC Inno’s 50 on Fire list. The list features a collection of the people, companies and organizations heating up DC’s innovation economy across six categories. The Chamber was named a winner in the Government & Advocacy category.